View Full Version : Chiropracty? Anyone tell me their experiences plse
16th May 2003, 07:23 AM
Anyone out there going\gone to a chiropractor? Could you tell me whether you thought it was helpful (or not if you thought it a waste of time) and what sort of 'problem' you went for.
I have a dodgy sacral 'joint' I'm not sure if its too tight or too loose but I've tried doing lower back strengthening and stretching exercises and it doesn't seem to make any difference - I always have to 'sort it' whenever I lie down - it seems twisted.
Now normally I would quite happily ignore this and carry on with life (as you do) but it affects my riding esp affecting my work on one rein. I'm particularly interested in anyone who went along for 'old' problems - this isn't new I've been living with it for years.
16th May 2003, 08:16 AM
I had exactly the same problem, Viv. I went to a human McTimoney-Corley chiropractor after Merlin had treatment from his horse version, who checked me out after I asked him and found my pelvis was out by about three quarters of an inch.
I'd been having backache quite regularly, and it got to the point where I really was having trouble getting sufficiently comfortable to sleep at nights. I had three or four treatments in all, but even after the first I felt much better. The chiropractor put my pelvis straight, and also found my sacral joint on the right side was quite tight, which was causing quite a lot of the problem.
That was back in August last year, and I didn't have any problems again until very recently when the flocking in my new saddle had settled and was tipping me forward slightly, which made me a bit uncomfortable in my lower back. So I had another couple of treatments, my pelvis was ever so slightly out again (I should really have been doing regular exercises to keep it straight, but you know how it is :rolleyes: ) and I'm as right as rain again.
So all in all I'd highly recommend it. I was advised to use a McTimoney-Corley chiropractor rather than normal McTimoney because they concentrate slightly more on the pelvic area, whcih is where my problem was (and is where a lot of these problems stem from, I think) but generally speaking it would appear that McTimoney chiropractic is a gentler form than most. (An ex-boyfriend had "ordinary" chiro. treatment years ago and there seemed to be lots of bone-cracking and painful bits :( )
16th May 2003, 09:35 AM
I strained my right sacro illiac joint about 7 months ago and put up with it for a while. I had one chiro session but was a bit put off. To be honest, he scared me to death with the X-rays which showed an abnormal curve in my neck and a mild scoliosis of the spine, which he wanted to work on over a long course of (expensive) treatments. I also found the 'clicking' a bit alarming but I don't think all chiropractors do this.
My husband, who has a history of back problems, insisted I got a second opinion so I was referred to a rheumatologist. He gave me a very thorough check out and was happy for me to go ahead with either chiro or phsyio on my lower back but ON NO ACCOUNT was I to let anybody work on my neck. It is normal for me, asymptomatic and any treatment might make things worse!
In the end, I went for physio and had just 3 sessions. I did my excercises (nothing strenuous and less than 5 minutes a day) and continue to do them to build up the stength in my back. I'm now back to normal and have saved a fortune!
To be fair, I have heard very good things about chiropractic but I was just plain scared to go ahead with it. They do have a much more holistic approach but I was worried about messing about with bits of my body which don't cause me problems and I've lived with for 49 years. I compensate totally for all my 'kinks' and my weight distribution is completely even through both feet.
Interestingly, my physio told me to do as much riding as possible as it was good for my condition!
I do hope your back is better soon.
16th May 2003, 09:54 AM
and another one! i have various issues - i fell off when i was about 7 and spiked my hip joint on a jump cup (the old fashioned pointy ones that people used 18 years ago), and damaged the joint. this has given me problems over the years with twisting to compensate for it.
i also cracked a vertebra in my neck falling off a few years ago, and this gave me intermittent problems until i had whiplash from a car crash 2 years ago, and since then it has been much worse.
i first went to my chiropractor for the neck and hip when i was about 22, and she sorted the compensating problems, and gave me exercises to do to stop it recurring. apart from pain in bad weather that is due to the damage to the joint itself, it's been fine since.
the neck also improved a lot - she identified a bony lump (like a horse's splint) on my neck, and i was also funny all up my spine from holding my neck and shoulders rigid to help the neck - muscle spasms and all sorts.
i went back after the car crash and again, she helped me a lot. i'm still having trouble with it now, but i would be a lot worse if it hadn't been for the chiropractor.
16th May 2003, 02:26 PM
My guru is an osteopath rather than a chiro, and I too have pelvic/ sacro problems on the right side. He has helped me to be relatively normal again, straightened out the twists and loosened the stuck bits. For a long while I could not sit centrally when riding and fet as though my left leg was too close to the saddle, right leg too high at the hip and too long.
After several treatments it was a joy to ride properly again and the condition is much improved.
However, at present I am nearing my next appointment and have had to ring him up today as my back is not right, despite exercises which I DO.. So I will be there in the morning at 9am to be put right again, as he wants to nip it in the bud.
I think I would have become a complete cripple without his help. Most of the time I can ride comfortably, just make very sure to be central. I find it impossible to know if my stirrups are even these days though as I have lost the ability to feel that.
16th May 2003, 08:55 PM
Thanks very much for all your replies - the 'cracking' aspect doesn't put me off as this is what I do to myself (along with assorted other grinding sounds) using my internal back and stomach muscles to 'sort it' at night. However I'd always suspected that there is something else out that is causing it to 'fall back' each day.
Thanks for the advice on diff sorts of chiropractors - this is exactly the stuff I was interested in as I thought there was only one :)
I looked at my "Grays Anatomy' last night and apparently the sacrum is one of those wierd areas of the human body anyway - some people with 4 bones, others with 5 or even 6 and all sorts of odd ball variations on attachments - it doesn't mention whether this is because so many of us munt ourselves during our lives ;)
I suspect that I may have done this 'as a child' as I can clearly remember a 'trick' that didn't quite come off as expected and I was paralysed for a few seconds but too afraid of the consequences of telling anyone (about the stupid act) to ever mention it. Then it healed and didn't seem to have any affect until much much later - probably a nice bony scar there somewhere. :rolleyes:
18th May 2003, 06:37 PM
Do let us know how you get on.
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